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The Barrstools @ Crafty Distillery

25 May 18
Nathon Jones


The Barrstools

Join fabulous South Ayrshire group The Barrstools at Crafty Distillery, Newton Stewart, on Saturday 7th July 2018 from 6:00pm as part of this year's festival programme. Superb local gin, good tunes, good songs and the best of craic' - the perfect way to start your Saturday night festival.

The Barrstools are a local 6 piece band with their roots, as the name suggests, lying in the village of Barr in South Ayrshire.

Originally the founding members of Dave Sherry and Quentin 'Cutty' shared vocal duties along with their guitar, banjo and whistle.  The subsequent additions of accordionist Stewart Robertson and multi-instrumentalist piper Hamish Denham, and latterly the percussion of Kevin Borland and double bass of Harry Sheddon, provide the Barrstools with their unique take on drinking songs from pubs across the Atlantic and closer to home, alongside traditional tunes with modern twists.

Taking liberal inspiration from everything; the likes of Woody Guthrie to Bruce Springsteen, Fred Morrison to Skippinish and the Dubliners to We Banjo 3, the Barrstools are a high energy, highly entertaining, group that will get your feet tapping and have you "cheers"ing for more.

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What's on at the park in 2019?

Delighted to confirm that Little Penguin Paints will be joining us at Minnigaff Playing Fields next year for the second Scottish Highland Dancing competition event on Saturday 13th July 2019 from 10am.


12 Aug 18
Nathon Jones

Festival Gallery 2018 on Facebook

We've just uploaded some of the best pictures from this year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival to the official festival Facebook page. Huge thanks to everyone who came and to David Moses Photographer for such outstanding photographs throughout the weekend.


26 Jul 18
Nathon Jones

Weekend Passes 2019 - On Sale Now!

Weekend passes for the 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival are on sale NOW and if you enter discount code SUPEREARLYBIRD19 at checkout you'll save 20% on the standard weekend pass price until January 2019!


24 Jul 18
Nathon Jones

Rhona & Nathon Jones @ Waterfront

Just a wee note to say that our Festival Director Nathon Jones will be performing with the fabulous Rhona Jones this weekend at the Waterfront Hotel & Bistro, Portpatrick, between 6:30pm-8:30pm on Saturday 28th July.


28 Jun 18
Billie Jones

Newcastleton Festival Weekend :)

The 49th Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival takes place this weekend over the 29th, 30th June and 1st July and it's a packed programme of dancing, workshops, competitions, tune and song sessions all weekend in the beautiful Scottish Borders. Don't miss it!


27 Jun 18
Nathon Jones

6th annual music festival

The 6th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over 12th-14th July 2019 and, after another outstanding programme of events in 2018 which saw us hosting Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as ever, some of the biggest names in traditional music, it looks set to be another packed programme and is really living up to it's reputation as one of the best rural arts festivals in Dumfries & Galloway.

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